Larissa Esquivel, chef and owner of Violeta Patisserie & Catering, was born and raised in Mexico City, where she was exposed to traditional Mexican cuisine from a young age and her life-long passion for food began.
She holds a culinary degree (Cordon D’Or Culinary Diploma, UAS) and a Baking & Pastry Arts Certificate from The Culinary Institute of America. She has continued her culinary education by taking courses with world-renowned chefs and keeps up to date in trends and techniques in Toronto by attending courses at George Brown College.
While pursuing her culinary degree she entered and was awarded first place (El Sartén de Oro) in a culinary competition hosted by the Mexican chapter of Les Toques Blanches.
A believer in helping others, Chef Larissa volunteers with a baking group that raises money for good causes.
When not in the kitchen, Chef Larissa enjoys reading her ever-growing 400 cookbook collection.
Tropical Surprise: coconut sablé with mango gelée and a lemon mousse with a spicy twist